I don't know of a chemistry department that hasn't had a flood due to a water condenser! We have had a few in the last ten years, but sorry no pictures.
The Findenser air condenser is a great product and I know that UC Santa Cruz bought a bunch as a water saving method. It is also a safer product since it eliminates the possibility of water flowing into heating mantles or oil baths. In earthquake country (California) it also keeps working if the power and water go out.
Craig A. Merlic
Professor of Chemistry
UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UC Center for Laboratory Safety
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
I have a couple of hold-outs who insist on using one-pass water in reflux condensers and the like. The "California is in constant drought" argument gets me nowhere.
So I'm looking for flooding incidents when the tubing popped off the condenser and flooded the lab or building, etc. Images would be awesome.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow
Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
Councilor and Programming Co-Chair
University of California, Davis
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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